Thursday, February 13, 2014

How to Organize Your Linen Closet

I'm not sure if everyone feels this way, but there is something so satisfying about opening the door to a recently organized closet-- especially if it used to be a total disaster. Here's what we did to tackle our linen closet.

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Step 1: Purge
It's time to go through and get rid of the stuff you never use. For us, this included reducing our ridiculous supply of bath towels (my bright pink ones from college didn't make the cut) down to what we use daily plus a backup for each Aaron and I and one guest set.

Step 2: Use Shelf Dividers
I think shelf dividers fall into the category of things most people deem totally useless, but they have made such a huge difference in our closet. Having a clear division between groups of items not only makes things cleaner visually, it also keeps the stuff physically more orderly (especially in a closet where you are stacking folded clothing). We used these ones, but if you search in Amazon for shelf dividers you'll find many to choose from. Just make sure they'll fit thickness of your shelf. Then have fun putting your stuff back in its proper place.

I rolled up my baby blankets since I always seem to be messing up stacks of folded blankets when I remove them-- especially when you want a particular one that is not on top. Stacking them vertically after rolling is easy with the shelf dividers and saves a lot of space.

Step 3: Get some bins and label them
For all the leftover stuff, get boxes that fit your shelves and label them with useful categories. Then fill them up! I love being able to just grab a bin and take it out to find what I'm looking for. It's so much easier than searching through a precarious pile on the shelf. If I were on top of my blogging game, I would have made super cute tags (possibly using chalkboard paint) instead of my man handwriting and black Sharpie. But it is what it is.

Step 4: Take advantage of the forgotten space on the back of the door
I grabbed an over-the-door shoe organizer from Target to store cleaning supplies. Since I knew anything hanging in the bottom 3.5 feet or so would be a tremendous temptation to my toddler, I used a binder clip to fold the bottom portion up out of arm's reach.

Step 5: Get rid of what's leftover or find a new home for it
It's basically impossible to maintain organization in a stuffed closet, it needs some room to breathe.

You're done!

Share-- How do you keep your closets organized? 


  1. I recently organized my linen closet, which was a COMPLETE disaster. You're right that an organized closet is so satisfying! I went and opened it several times afterwards just to admire my work. :) I used plastic shoe boxes for most of our stuff, which we buy bunches of all the time when they're on sale for a dollar each because they're so convenient for storing all sorts of stuff. They're not near as cute as your cloth boxes, though. I love your idea of rolling blankets - I'm definitely going to use that in my kids' rooms and probably for my towels too. Love the shelf dividers idea too!

    1. So smart to use plastic shoe boxes! (And don't worry, our boxes are not cute :) ) I am seriously in love with shelf dividers!

  2. Amazing! Love the rolled up blankets and clipping up the shoe organizer--so smart!

    1. It's all about the roll up :) I think I originally did it just for beach towels because then with the shelf divider they only took up like 5 inches horizontally. But I really like it now (our bath towels we still do in a normal stack).

  3. Shoe organizers are so useful! I use one for our coat closet to hold hats, gloves, scarves, keys, etc. We don't have a linen closet, but then most renters don't have a basement with W/D hookups, so I can live with our linens-under-the-bed arrangement!

  4. Umm...definitely referencing this article for myself. :) Thanks, Lauren!


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